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Manu Grace is the latest talent selected for the Apple Music New Artist Spotlight this March. With a recently released debut EP titled “June” she is a new star in the making. The singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist has an eclectic sound, with down-to-earth and elegant lyrics – Manu possesses an inner beauty which reflects in her stage presence.

Passionate about music since her childhood, Manu Grace started experimenting with piano, guitar and bass guitar from the age of eight. She soon went from learning to play covers to creating her own tracks, her first piece being a dedication to her new born brother. The school stage offered the chance to test her talent and to overcome her shyness, where she joined her first band, Aztec Sapphire during matric finals!

It was after graduating from UCT that she began to learn the fine art of music production. Her artistic expression has an unapologetic and sincere approach with words which can touch the heart of her audience. Amongst others her musical influences include Rosalia, Christine & the Queens and Mica Levi. Manu’s musical style is free from inhibition and has no pretenses. She is creating a platform for her heartfelt vibes which softly speak to audiences far and wide. Continue reading

After being nominated 16 times over the last 10 years, congratulations to Calvin Harris who last night won at the BRITS for the 1st time picking up the awards for Best British Single (with Dua Lipa) for ‘One Kiss’ as well as Best British Producer

In another first, last night saw Calvin’s performing at the awards with a medley of his last 3 hit singles (‘Giant’ with Rag’n’Bone Man, ‘Promises’ with Sam Smith and ‘One Kiss’ with Dua Lipa) – one of the standout moments of this years BRITS, check it out here

Also, here’s a link to Calvin and Dua’s\ acceptance speech and Calvin’s acceptance for his Best British Producer here

A great night for a remarkable talent that over the past 12 months, on the singles released in 2018 alone has seen Over 2 billion streams (audio + video), delivered 21 Top 5 singles around the world – 9 of them #1, broke the longest ever stretch at #1 on the Netherlands Top 40 chart with ‘One Kiss’ and spent 21 weeks at #1 on the European Airplay Chart.

Eastern Cape born Amanda Black is coming home as part of a new venture Ibhayi Live Events for her solo live show at The Boardwalk. The award winning, platinum selling songstress will grace the stage at The Boardwalk International Convention Centre on 14 April 2019.

Amanda Black first became known to South Africans as a participant in the popular reality TV series, SA Idols. She was a fan favourite in 2015 during the 11th edition when she made it to the top seven. She shot to fame in 2016 with the release of her first album, Amazulu, which was nominated for several music awards and certified platinum within a week of its release. Since then, she has won the hearts of South Africans with her unique voice, undeniable talent, enigmatic stage presence and for her raw expression of emotion through her music. Amanda Black has performed at numerous shows and music festivals including the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Durban Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Lake, DSTV IRock and Diamonds and Dorings amongst many more. She sings in Xhosa and English, and her music is described as afro-soul fused with hip hop, soul and R&B.

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“The sheer delight of watching a Joburg audience react to Aunty Merle’s acidic humour and antics emphasises the impact of this character.” – Peter Feldman, Artslink

With rave reviews and standing ovations night after night, Aunty Merle – Marc Lottering’s most beloved alter ego – has sashayed into the hearts of ‘Joburgers’ since the start of the run of Aunty Merle The Musical which opened at the Joburg Theatre on 1st of February. The hit musical will see its final shows this week as the curtain closes this coming Sunday, 24th of February.

“I’ve had many hours to meditate and ponder on my trip, in quiet candlelight, thanks to Eskom,” comments Aunty Merle on how she has found her time in Joburg. “My trip to Johannesburg has been unforgettable! Joburg is definitely very different to Cape Town. Everything up here just seems to move faster. I will miss Joburg. It really is like being overseas. Without a VISA!”

High drama unfolds as Merle’s daughter, Abigail, announces her engagement to her boyfriend, Alan. As Merle puts it: “He’s a good looking white chap!” But it’s never smooth-sailing in the world of musicals when Abigail’s twisted and corrupt ex, Denver Paulse – who holds a dodgy top job with the SABC – is determined to get her back – and if not, threatens to reveal a very dark secret which is bound to tear the lovers apart. Continue reading

Social entrepreneurship skills are the gateway to preparing South Africa’s future leaders in eradicating domestic and international problems, with the annual Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) providing the ideal platform for manifesting active citizenry, says Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, CEO of Empowervate Trust, which runs Y-CAP.

The programme is implemented in over 700 public schools nationally in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education. The programme provides young leaders with project management, social entrepreneurship and life skills through the Y-CAP Toolkit and workshops. It also gives them a platform to showcase their impactful and sustainable projects at district, provincial and national level.

“Over the years the programme has seen so many innovative solutions stemming out of this country’s young people. Now in its tenth year, and 2019 being a national election year, we anticipate even more schools not only participating but coming up with creative ways that showcase leadership and a passionate desire to change both their communities and country for the better,” says Blankfield-Koseff.

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Excitement is building for the first ever #SuperHeroSunday double-header on 3 February at Cape Town Stadium, featuring all four Vodacom Super Rugby franchise teams on the same day at one venue.

South Africa’s top players wearing their new jerseys inspired by Marvel’s Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther and Captain America will run out at Cape Town Stadium on #SuperHeroSunday, for the first public appearance of the Marvel makeover of SA’s Vodacom Super Rugby teams.

The Emirates Lions will be dressed in the familiar webbed suit of Spider-Man; the Cell C Sharks will adopt the Black Panther look; the DHL Stormers will be looking to hammer their opponents in the colours of Thor; and the Vodacom Bulls will shield all attacks thrown their way as Captain America.

The jerseys will be exclusively worn in most South African derbies. The teams will wear in their usual jerseys for matches against international opposition.

If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday:


Attendees have to collect their tickets from Computicket outlets before making their way to the stadium.
Please note there no collection points at the stadium.
No pass-outs between games will be permitted at the stadium on the day.

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On Saturday 15 December 2018, Executive Mayor Dan Plato hosted approximately 1 500 Walking School Bus volunteers at a thank you lunch and certificate ceremony at the Cape Town Civic Centre. Read more below:

The Walking Bus initiative, which sees members of the community, specifically parents, volunteering to walk groups of children to and from school as a means to provide a safe transport corridor, was launched by Mayor Plato in 2016 during his time as Western Cape Minister of Community Safety.

Since inception, Walking Buses have been launched in more than 90 areas, with a large number in the Cape Metro, including Lentegeur, Beacon Valley, Bishop Lavis, Scottsdene, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Leonsdale, Elsies River, Bonteheuwel, Hanover Park, Manenberg, and Ocean View.

The programme is supported by schools, Metro Police, Law Enforcement, and Traffic Services, the South African Police Service (SAPS), Community Police Forums (CPFs) and local Neighbourhood Watches (NHWs). Where possible, the Walking Bus members also keep an eye on the perimeter of the schools in the areas where they operate.

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The five-star Boardwalk Hotel has received yet another Lilizela Tourism Award, this time for mobility in accommodation. This accolade, which honours universal accessibility in accommodation, is given only to the establishment and MESE venue which facilitates and is most accessible to people with disabilities.

The award was presented to the Boardwalk by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, which in 2010 incorporated Universal Accessibility (UA) grading criteria in its other quality grading criteria for the first time in its other quality grading criteria.

“We pride ourselves in the fact that we value and ensure that people with mobile and visual impairments are taken into consideration and given access to our top facilities and services at The Boardwalk, and year on year consistently look for ways to improve and make this accessibility even better,” says Nqobile Qupe, Marketing Manager of the Boardwalk.

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The Boardwalk is proud to host acclaimed band Satori – comprising Port Elizabeth born siblings Ashley, Erol, Zara, Lisa and Kevin Ally – when they return home to introduce their new CD to local fans on Saturday, 8 December 2018. The band has decided that having a concert to launch their second CD in Port Elizabeth at the start of the festive season would be their gift to the Eastern Cape, their place of birth.

The CD entitled What has become of us was released in Germany in June this year, showcasing the artistry of Ashley on Sax and flute, Zara on lead vocals, Ezra Erasmus on keyboards, Erol on guitar, Edwin Steyn on bass, Kevin on drums and percussion, and Lisa Ally on vocals. They performed to full houses in Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Oldenburg, Rostock, Hattingen, Kolne, Jazz festival in Duren and Titisee – Neustadt where they received exceptional acclaim from audiences and the media alike.

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